By: Ajileye Alfred
World Blood Donor Day is a globally celebrated event on June 14th each year to raise awareness about the importance of blood donation and recognize the contribution of blood donors worldwide. In Nigeria, this day is marked with various events and campaigns aimed at encouraging more people to donate blood and save lives.
According to the World Health Organization, Nigeria needs about 1.8 million units of blood annually, but only 500,000 units are collected, resulting in a blood shortage of over 1 million units. Moreover, only 10% of Nigerians who are eligible to donate blood actually do so, emphasizing the need for increased awareness and education about blood donation.
One of the common myths about donating blood is that it can cause a decrease in energy levels and lead to weakness. However, this is not true. Blood donation does not affect the energy levels of the donor, and the body replaces the donated blood within 24 – 48 hours, making it safe for individuals to donate blood.
Donating blood has numerous positive effects on both the donor and the receiver. It can help save lives, improve cardiovascular health, reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases, and promote a sense of community and social responsibility.
Reasons why you should donate blood:
Donating blood is a simple act that can make a significant impact on the lives of others. It is a way to give back to the community, help those in need, and potentially save a life. Additionally, it has health benefits for the donor, such as reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Risk people who shouldn’t donate blood:
While blood donation is generally safe, certain individuals should not donate blood. These include individuals with low hemoglobin levels, pregnant women, people with certain medical conditions, and those who have recently had surgery or received a tattoo. It is crucial for potential donors to seek medical advice before donating blood.
World Blood Donor Day is an important event that emphasizes the significance of blood donation. Encouraging more Nigerians to donate blood will help address the ongoing blood shortage and save lives. By donating blood, you can make a positive impact on your community and help those in need.
To increase blood donation rates in Nigeria, the government and health organizations should create more awareness and education campaigns. These campaigns should dispel myths surrounding blood donation and encourage more people to donate. Additionally, providing incentives such as free health checks or priority medical treatment for blood donors can also be effective in increasing donation rates.